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Daemon
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Andrew Carnegie (1835)

Famed Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie amassed a huge fortune in iron and steel during the American Industrial Revolution, eventually selling his firm to J.P. Morgan's U.S. Steel Corporation for several hundred million dollars. However, Carnegie was not content to keep his riches to himself. Guided by the belief that the rich are "trustees" of their wealth and must administer it for the good of the public, he donated how much of his fortune during his lifetime? More...
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Everytime I see or hear his name I am reminded of libraries.
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Every time I hear his name it reminds me of Johnstown flood and how the whole club got away with murder, and how Carnegie can look through your soul and take advantage of you.
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I had one of his books!
But audio book
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 10:09:38 AM

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As an Aussie, the only time I'd heard reference to Carnegie before reading this article was the oft repeated joke of someone asking: how do I get to Carnegie Hall? - answer: Practice! I inferred that Carnegie Hall is a performance venue, without know who Carnegie was. After reading the article, I both respect & despise him.
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"Maybe with the giving away of his money," commented biographer Joseph Wall, "he would justify what he had done to get that money."[29]

It's undeniable that he really did do a whole lot of good. I think of rappers who brag about coming from the projects or living in a trailer park, blinding us all with the obscene amount of gold jewellery. How many libraries do they establish in their old hoods? New wards at the local hospital? Free talks in underprivileged schools?

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The following is taken from one of Carnegie's memos to himself:

Man does not live by bread alone. I have known millionaires starving for lack of the nutriment which alone can sustain all that is human in man, and I know workmen, and many so-called poor men, who revel in luxuries beyond the power of those millionaires to reach. It is the mind that makes the body rich. There is no class so pitiably wretched as that which possesses money and nothing else. Money can only be the useful drudge of things immeasurably higher than itself. Exalted beyond this, as it sometimes is, it remains Caliban still and still plays the beast. My aspirations take a higher flight. Mine be it to have contributed to the enlightenment and the joys of the mind, to the things of the spirit, to all that tends to bring into the lives of the toilers of Pittsburgh sweetness and light. I hold this the noblest possible use of wealth.[41]

I feel richer after reading this. Thanks TFD! Applause
striker
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his family still controls our lives
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The good deeds men do often die with them but their evil deeds are remembered.
TB Turtle
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No barnacles on Barney Bill tonight....he is so right!
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Excellent read and it sounds like he might have been a rather nice fellow.....
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